really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
6,467 miles

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2003 Dodge Caravan brakes problems

brakes problem

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2003 Dodge Caravan Owner Comments

problem #6

Jul 192007

(reported on)


  • miles


2003 Dodge Caravan broken wheel studs/bolts customer wants someone to accept responsibility for the ongoing problem** the consumer stated last July he purchased replacement tires from costco for his vehicle and then had the tires rotated in December for the same vehicle. Then this spring the consumer stated he had the front brake pads replaced and one wheel stud, about a month later the tires were rotated again and the consumer informed the mechanic of the previous problem with the studs. The consumer stated the mechanic informed him they could only rotate 3 of the tires due to the fact of a possibility the studs would break and they did not want to be held responsible for the damage. The consumer stated he rotated the remaining tire which the studs did infact break and were replaced by the consumer. The consumer stated last month Chrysler was replacing a water pump and was informed by the mechanic that the studs would have to replaced yet again when the mechanics were removing the studs. The consumer stated the 2 studs holding the water pump in place also broke off while working on the vehicle. The consumer stated he wanted this issue investigated. Either poor quality bolts were used by Chrysler or costco was careless when tightening the bolts.

- Stanhope, NJ, USA

problem #5

Mar 202007

Caravan 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
- the contact complained about the 2003 Dodge Caravan brake system which was purchased on July 19, 2003. The contact explained that there was a problem with the bolts that held the right brake caliper over the driver's side rotor. The contact explained that in December 2005 the vehicle was taken to precision tune auto care at 10515-B centrum parkway pinesville, North Carolina 28134. The vehicle had 31015 miles. The rotors began to smoke and needed to be replaced along with the pads. The contact was told that the rotors were overheated because the pads wore out prematurely because the squeaker never alerted the contact of any problems with the brakes. The contact explained that on seven months later on August 2006 the brakes were inspected due to squeaking. On the 20 March of 2007 the contact experienced vibration coming from under the vehicle. The vehicle was immediately stopped and then taken to precision tune. They contact was told that there was a bolt missing from the right front driver side caliper housing. The contact wanted to file a complaint against the major brake companies to better secure these bolts on to caliper housing units to avoid any of these bolts from coming off the vehicle. The contact suggested safety standards for brakes pads, and caliper installation to prevent this from happening. The consumer stated the reapir shop would be using a lock tight liquid on the mounting bolts. Updated 04/12/07.

- Matthews, NC, USA

problem #4

Nov 262005

Caravan 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 20,000 miles
I have a 2003 Dodge Caravan and when it had about 20000 miles, the brakes began to act weird. In November of 2005, my wife rear-ended another vehicle because the brake pedal went almost to the floor and the brakes wobbled. I had the brakes replaced right after the accident, but now the brakes are doing the same thing. The vehicle now has 34000 miles and I am going to take it to the dealer for inspection.

- University Place, WA, USA

problem #3

Nov 012004


  • Automatic transmission
  • 7,000 miles


Brake pads and rotor have needed to be replaced twice, November of 2004, and August of 2005.

- Springfield, KY, USA

problem #2

Apr 092004


  • miles
While applying the brakes pedal went to the floor. This caused the consumer to lose braking power. But the driver was able to maintain control of the vehicle, and drove it to the dealer for inspection. Mechanic determined that front brake pads and rotors needed to be replaced.

- Springfield, VA, USA

problem #1

Jul 232003

Caravan 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 11,800 miles
2003 Dodge Caravan - brake failure at 6500 miles, replaced calipers and pads brake failure at 11800 miles, replaced pads, rotors, shoes, dealer stated npf in cause of failure, blames driver abuse? something wrong in brake booster or other causes to why brakes need replacing at low mileage intervals and not covered by Chrysler warranty.

- Cockeysville, MD, USA

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